Getting ready for D-day is a lot of work. There is a house that needs to be readied for sale. Even though I am fairly diligent with house maintenance, I still have things that need to be done before our place is presentable. My goal in the past few years is to do one major thing to the house a year — new furnace one year, new air conditioner and coil, new asphalt driveway, and a new roof this past summer. Windows were the next thing, a necessity for a 30 year old house, but they have been moved up in priority. Carpet on the stairs and hallway also is being done in the next few weeks.
So far, I have managed to hang three new doors, replace two faucets and a bathtub drain, repair and refinish floor cracks/divots, install a new shelf under the kitchen sink, scrub the siding on the back of the house, rehang a loose shutter, scrub the wood deck, replace the door closer on the front door, put a new light in the laundry room, fix a spot in the master bedroom wall where my son punched a hole, repair a cracked door threshold on my daughter’s bedroom door and replace the strike plate (another son inflicted blemish), move a treadmill from the upstairs bedroom to the garage (and sell it on Craigslist), clear the books off of a bookshelf. Whew! If it looks like a lot, it is. That has all happened in a three week period. That doesn’t include finding a realtor to sell the house, or meeting estimators to replace the carpet and windows.
My favorite project so far has been rehabbing the kitchen cabinets. Until I started working on them, I didn’t realize how nasty they really were. They hadn’t been cleaned for years, plus many of the hinges would no longer close. I removed all of the cabinet doors and hinges, scrubbed them with Murphy’s Oil Soap, and applied a finish restoring stain to them (the stuff is reallllllly good). The ends of the cabinets that face windows were badly faded, so I got some oak end pieces and covered them, then stained them. Finding the right replacement hinges was a trick, enough that I only replaced a few, fixed the ones that were totally bad. It took me a few days, but after the doors were put back in place and the finish rehabbed, I am pretty stinking proud of myself.
The realtor also has shown some affordable condos to me, only a mile from my house. They are fairly old, built in 1977. but in a nice area and in good shape. Each condo has an attached garage. Buying, if I buy one of those condos, will be approximately $600 less than monthly rent for an apartment (an expensive venture around here).
There is a lot to do. We haven’t had the time to start on the actual divorce, mostly because I have been too busy with the house. Once the house is ready and the holidays over, I will be more motivated to get to work on the real difficult task.
I don’t like the thought of what is looming ahead. The holidays will not likely be pleasant. Our kids will probably find out about the pending divorce, my popularity most likely will take a hit. Christmas could be real lonely for me. Maybe I am wrong, but I am probably not. I guess maybe it will be a good idea to keep my nose to the grindstone, keep busy.
Any way.. about the kitchen cabinets.. waddayathink?